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Kross, Bronson Reed backstage for dark matches at WWE SmackDown

Karrion Kross, Scarlett, and Bronson Reed are all backstage at SmackDown, but are not expected to be used on tonight’s show.

Dave Metlzer has confirmed that all three are backstage tonight, with PWInsider first reporting the names. Both Reed and Kross are working dark matches so that the key powers could see them live and get a first-hand look.

Kross and Reed both hold championships in NXT. Kross is the current NXT Champion, recently defending the title in a five-way match at TakeOver: In Your House last weekend, defeating Kyle O’Reilly, Pete Dunne, Johnny Gargano, and Adam Cole. Kross confronted William Regal on this week’s NXT, but backed off when Samoa Joe was introduced as the new enforcer of the brand.

Bronson Reed is the current NXT North American Champion. He retained the title at TakeOver: In Your House, teaming with NXT Tag Team Champions MSK (Wes Lee and Nash Carter) to defeat Legado del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Raul Mendoza, Jouaqin Wilde) in a match where all titles were on the line.